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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel Soggiorno Hotel Taormina
Fantastic Place to stay!
I had a great experience at this great hotel!
It is excellent value for money. The building is beautifully located in a lush garden with incredible views over the sea and Mount Etna.
The hotel is in a gorgeous palazzo with lots of character.
The rooms are fairly simple, but clean, well equipped and maintained!
Bathrooms are nice, and beds comfortable!
The breakfast on the terrace outside was just perfect to set us off for the day!
Would love to go back again!
A great stay at the Bel Soggiorno
I stayed in the Bel Soggiorno for four days. It is situated in a lovely, quiet position in Taormina with the most wonderful views. The staff are most helpful and welcoming, making for a relaxing and restful stay in Taormina. Do not expect plush luxury but the rooms have everything you need for a pleasant holiday. There is a wide and varied choice for breakfast that sets you up very nicely for the day. I look forward to returning in the near future.
We would happily return to Bel Soggiorno
Previous reviews have accurately captured the feel of Hotel Bel Soggiorno -- pleasant staff, knockout views of the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna from the terraces, a delicious breakfast, good value for the price, free parking (the slope is daunting but manageable), and the bonus of an uphill stroll to town to stimulate the appetite for its many delicacies.
We stayed in Taormina for a couple days in 1994, and were shocked at how "uptown" and crowded Corso Unberto I has become.
Last month we had a room on the middle terrace at Bel Soggiorno for four days and were happy with this location. There are rooms in two lower terrace areas and on one higher terrace; highest rooms have a tiny French balcony only. Cleanliness was excellent; furnishings were basic, and one wall could have used a paint touch-up. An upgrade from those ubiquitous 2'x2' shower stalls with narrow openings would be welcome if the owners ever remodel. Since we were out and about all day and used the room only for R&R, it served nicely, and we would definitely return here.
Glad everyone still loves this place
It's great to read these more recent reviews and to see that this hotel still gives so much pleasure.
My wife and I stayed here 3 years ago and were really pleased with our choice. Don't expect glitz and glamour and don't come here if you need a swimming pool to relax by. The gardens are beautiful but terraced on a very steep slope. The rooms are cool and simply furnished, but comfortable and well cared for. The public rooms have a faded Edwardian grandeur and beautiful "period" conservatory windows overlooking the sea. The greatest pleasure is breakfast on the terrace with views of Etna and the sea. The staff are welcoming and friendly. Because of its off centre location it is cheaper and better value than many other hotels in Taormina.
Taormina has a great range of eating places to suit every taste and pocket. Even the more up market restaurants are not that expensive. But our best eating experiences were on the beach below Taormina. Go down on the funicular and then down the steps on to the beach. A short walk towards the headland to the left there are a couple of beach cafes which serve simple pasta and sea food dishes which are so fresh and tasty you'll just want to keep going back.
Loved our stay!!
Have just got back from the most wonderful holiday in Sicily. We stayed at the Bel Soggiorno for 2 weeks and could not fault it. The views are breathtaking from all the terraces. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast plentiful (loved the bread and cakes!) The temperature reached 40 degrees during our stay so the A/C was most welcome. Take my advice and go B&B as there are dozens of restaurants in the town to choose from to suit all tastes and budgets. We shall definitely return!!
everyone looking, reading, guessing, hoping that the hotel they choose in taormina will be perfect. life is not perfect but choosing a hotel is not that hard.
the hotel belsoggiorno is everything you can wish for.
5 stars NO, the glitz of las vegas NO, but clean, reasonably priced, close to attractions, wonderful warm staff, AC (needed from May), quite,
cannot say more about the hotel.
the only downfall was that 3 rooms shared a hugh terrace
our german neighbors sunned themselves (naked) and this middle aged
woman and her middle aged husband (48 and 50 ) were uncomfortable and unable (unwilling) to sit outside and appreciate the view (not of the naked people) but of Etna and the bay.
Very reasonably priced . Looking for nice, clean, inexpensive, friendly hotel. it is the place in taormina.
also, please go to the BAMBAM bar in town. best granita in the world.
rosario, the owner, speaks english and is quite charming. ask to see photos of all the celebrities who have stopped in for Granita.
The Best of Sicily
This hotel is an absolute gem.
Do not expect glitz, mod-cons or touristy trap stuff. This is like staying in someone's (very large) private villa.
There is an old main building (about mid 1800s I think) and some separate apartments downstairs. Its all white washed walls, tile floors and many original features. You will have a picture-postcard view of the sea at the front and Mt Etna to the side. Plenty of lovely garden to explore. Nice chairs outside for sitting in the shade reading. Good breakfast and great coffee.
The hotel is privately owned by a charming family who are always happy to help but generally leave you alone. It has optional airconditioning (which is very important for nights between late June and end of September)
I really do recommend this as part of the Sicilian experience.
Farrell Family: Thoroughly enjoyed our stay!
As of Feb 2004... ... Hotel is simple yet adequate. Owner and staff friendly and give good service. Parking slightly interesting as there are limited spaces on a steep driveway. Room is fine although plumbing could do with modernisation. Room had tv (BBC World 24) and aircon which can heat or chill. Breakfast on terrace is great fun and the views are breathtaking: southern Italy to left, sea dead ahead and Mount Etna to right. Private garden sports juicy orange trees - unbelievable flavour! Short walk to town but does involve climbing a few steps. Simple yet quiet and pleasant. Visit www.*************************** for more info and pics.
Well I liked it!
I have got to say firstly that my husband hated this hotel with a passion. I like to think he mistook the faded grandeur with decrepitude and the signs of character as dirt! Ok, it didn't have the comforts of a modern hotel and we forsook a room with a decent bath for a room with a terrible bathroom but fantastic views! I think it was more than worth it. I have only stayed in one place with finer views and that was in Venice overlooking St Marks Basin and all its glory (again husband disagrees and plumps for Onda verde, Praiano for 2nd place) The rates were reasonable,the parking free (if a bit hazardous, and the breakfasts, terraces and garden - sublime. And as husband can't manage computer I have the final word on this one!
Older style, quiet hotel
We are two families who stayed at the Bel Soggiorno during August 2003.
It is the most beautiful looking villa. We had a family suite which had plenty of room. The hotel is a little way out of town (15 mins, mostly uphill), but the views of the sea and Mount Etna more than make up for this.
The hotel states that it has a bar, but this is no more than a trip to reception where hopefully someone will pop to the kitchens and return with a beer. Limited English is spoken which made things a little tricky.
The breakfast is taken in a breathtakingly beautiful position on the terrace underneath pretty parasoles. Whilst we were there, the fruits of the cactus were served, which added something exotic to breakfast!
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There are not many places to sit outside in comfort. Lovely looking wrought iron tables and chairs, but not very comfortable for reading.
Overall, we thought the hotel had lots of character and would be perfect it you wanted a quiet place to retreat to after the hustle and bustle of Taormina.